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Tools for creating malicious USB thumb drives released by security researchers

Lucian Constantin | Oct. 7, 2014
In a gambit aimed at driving manufacturers to beef up protections for USB flash drive firmware, two security researchers have released a collection of tools that can be used to turn those drives into silent malware installers.

One way to prevent attacks would be for manufacturers to require signed firmware updates for USB controllers or to disable the ability to change the firmware once a device leaves the factory. Some vendors might already do this, but many don't. And even if more manufacturers start doing this, the millions of existing insecure USB thumb drives will linger on for years and users will have a hard time telling them apart.


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